From Kim L., Red Deer. Alberta
Reaching the decision to become a homeopath has been a long, winding road full of epiphanies. It was not a direct path but one full of struggle and challenges. My health has been up and down, like a rollercoaster, with highs and lows. In my youth, I was very healthy but as I matured it slowly declined. The stresses of the real world and experiences took its toll on me, as I pushed forward, ignoring what my body was trying to tell me, and instead relying on the advice of doctors trying to “fix me”. It all came to a head in 2000, while I was on my honeymoon in Mexico and became so ill we had to take a red-eye flight home. Many tests and doctor’s visits later, there were still no answers. Tired and frustrated with the medical community, I decided to embark on an alternative path.
I had no idea where to start in my quest for wellness but I was determined to find answers. In the summer of 2000, a friend recommended a Vega practitioner in Edmonton. I decided it was worth a try. This was my first exposure to homeopathic medicine. Finally, I was able to receive some relief from my symptoms and some understanding of why my body was doing what it was doing. I began to realize that there was more to this than I originally thought.
The understanding of the body as a whole was a new concept to me. I didn’t know that emotions and thoughts could affect the physical body. This is something that’s not taught as a general rule. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know. This led me to take various courses such as: Reiki, shamanism, EFT, reflexology and finally Psychosomatic Energetics.
My last course, Psychosomatic Energetics, was the biggest eye opener for me. This was my “a-ha moment”. All my struggles, learning, growing and training had led me to this exact moment. These things I could use to help people. I realized that I not only wanted to learn more but that I needed more education to fully utilize my training. But what would bring it all together? The answer was staring me right in the face: homeopathy. Several of my classmates and one of the instructors were homeopaths.
With this realization I was excited. I felt like I was finally on the right path. The ups and downs of my health over the years have brought me to the awareness that the body should be treated on all levels; physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. The physical problems are only indications of an underlying issue and treating them on one level only provides temporary relief.
My desire for knowledge, not only to help myself and my family but to help others, is one of the main reasons of my interest in homeopathy. I want to be able to help others on the road to wellness. To help people understand that they are not just their symptoms, they are the complete package.